Here are some of the classic mediaeval sites and ruins that we visited in March:
St. John’s Abbey Gatehouse, the last remaining part of the c.1400 Abbey, accessible through a subway under Southway. Sadly, since 2003, the stairs have been deemed unsafe so the upstairs rooms, which we have previously visited with John Ashdown-Hill, are now out of bounds.
John Speed’s 1610 map. Unlike Leicester, I think he has the Blackfriars in the right place here, although he unaccountably forgot to include Town Station.
Scheregate Steps, the only surviving mediaeval gateway through the Roman wall. They allowed southward access to St. John’s Abbey from the town.
A 16th century drawing, showing the Roman walls, Eastgate and the town’s many medieval churches.
A statue of St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, on the Town Hall, where there are eight others, on the front and at the side.
The Red Lion, formerly owned by Sir John Howard, as he then was, and which many of us ate tea in, with John, a few years ago.
Tymperleys, founded in the late fifteenth century for Sir John’s steward.
The ruined Priory of St. Botolph (and St. Julian), after whom Town Station is actually named. Founded in c. 1099, this was the earliest house of Augustinian canons in England.
For further information see John’s book Mediaeval Colchester’s Lost Landmarks.